I think I can speak for most people when I say that sleeping is pretty great. It’s a time to rest, a time for our bodies to heal and rejuvenate themselves. Consequently, not being able to get quality sleep is super disappointing! If you’re not satisfied with how you’ve been sleeping, the tips below can have you feeling well-rested again in just a matter of time.
- Get off electronics before bed. You’ve probably heard this many times before, but the blue light emitted from electronics can mess with your sleep cycle by causing your brain to think it’s still daytime. If you have a recent iPhone, take advantage of the night shift option, which tints the light to a more yellow tone.
- Drink decaf tea. If warm milk is your thing you can do that too, but I personally think tea is just so relaxing, not to mention it’s array of health benefits. Many teas, however, have caffeine, so make sure the tea you choose is either decaffeinated or naturally caffeine free.
- Stretch, but don’t exercise. Stretching before bed is a great opportunity for mindfulness and relaxation. It also helps to loosen up any tight areas in your body, which will allow you to get comfortable easily and fall asleep faster. However, lots of people choose to exercise as a way to loosen up before bed. While this may physically tire you out, exercise can actually make it harder for you to fall asleep and stay asleep because of the hormones it causes you to produce.
- Write down your thoughts. Often times people are kept up by a mess of thoughts and emotions captivating their attention. It can be helpful to write down your thoughts before bed so you can physically get them out of your system and let your mind be at peace.
- Be consistent. Your body works in regular cycles. As a result, one of the best things you can do in order to have quality sleep is to go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Your body will adjust to your schedule through repetition and you’ll no longer have to deal with waking up in the middle of the night or taking too long to fall asleep.